How to Create a System Restore Point for Windows

The following guide will teach you how you to create a restore point for Windows 7,8 and 10. We’ll also teach you how to use the system restore point to rollback Windows should any problems occur.

How to Create a System Restore Point

Creating a system restore point is a very good idea, especially if you are about to uninstall programs or try various fixes. Sometimes even a minor mistake can cause a lot of headaches and creating a system restore point is the fastest and easiest way to deal with any such issues. Also included belo0w are the instructions on how to use the restore point should the need arise.

  • Please note that System Restore point will only rollback your computer to the state in which the system restore point was made. That is why it is a good idea to make another restore point once you are done fixing all issues with your computer. Additionally, you can also set Windows to automatically create a restore point after set amonts of time. More on that below.
  1. Right-click on your My Computer icon and select Properties.1
  2. From the left panel, choose System Protection.2
  3. Choose a device from the list and make sure that its Protection setting is turned on.
    • If the Protection is off (which is usually the case with Windows 10), turn it on by selecting the device and clicking on Configure. In the resulting window check Restore system settings and previous versions of files and after that click on OK.5
  4. Click on Create and in the resulting text field type in the name of the Restore point you’re about to create and then select Create.

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  • You can also set your computer to automatically create restore points through the Task Scheduler. Here is a short guide on how to do that:
  1. In the Start Menu search field type Task Scheduler.
  2. Open the first result.
  3. In the left pane, expand Task Scheduler Library>Microsoft>Windows and then click on System Restore.
  4. In the right panel, double-click on the sigle task named SR.
  5. In the resulting window, go to the Triggers tab. If there are no triggers, click on New. If you want to change an existing trigger, double-click on the one you want to have altered.1
  6. By setting the trigger, you tell your PC when to automatically run the specific task, which in this case is creating a restore point. After you have created and editted the triggers to your liking, make sure to have them enabled.2

How to Use the System Restore Point

  1. In order to use a Restore Point to restore your system to a previous state, go back to System Protection in the System Properties window and select System Restore.
  2. In the resulting window, click on Next.
  3. From the list of restore points, choose the one you need, click on Next and then select Finish.

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Error Code 0xC004F074 in Windows 10 Fix

This guide was written to help users solve Error Code 0xC004F074 in Windows 10 (typically with Office 2016 activation). We have provided three solutions you can try.

In case you are getting an error code 0xC004F074 while trying to activate your Office 2016 volume licensed client, then you are most probably facing an issue related to your Key Management Service. This error code usually occurs when you are trying to host the Office 2013 KMS and the Office 2016 KMS hosts on the same system. Most commonly, the Error 0xC004F074 appears if you are running either Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 on your PC. The message that you get on your screen states the following:

“The Software Licensing Service determined that the specified Key Management Service (KMS) cannot be used. Error Code 0xC004F074”

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In some cases, this problem may occur even from a sync issue between the time and the date of the system and the server or may be related to some DNS update issue. Either way, in this guide, we are going to show you a few options that may help you solve that Office 2016 activation issue. Below, you will find detailed descriptions of the steps you need to take, so if you follow them closely, you won’t have any difficulty to fix the 0xC004F074 Error.

Error Code 0xC004F074 in Windows 10 Fix

The Guide

Option 1: Download and install latest Microsoft Office 2016 Volume license Pack

In case that your operating system is either Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 and you co-host the Office 2016 KMS host and Office 2016 KMS host, getting this error is something you could expect. This appears to be a bug that could easily be solved if you simply download and install the latest Volume License pack. This is what the Microsoft Support Team suggests as a solution to that problem. Some users have reported that this solution worked for them, so you can get the download link from here. If this doesn’t work, however, there are two more methods you can try.

Option 2: Disable and Re-enable DNS host

Error 0xC004F074 may also appear due to some DNS updating issues. In this case, if you disable the DNS publishing and re-enable it again, it may help you fix the error. To do this manually, simply follow the instructions below:

  • First, open the Command Prompt as administrator and type “Regedit
  • Next, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SoftwareProtectionPlatform in the registry.
  • Then, create a new DWORD Value. Name it “DisableDnsPublishing” and set its value to 1.
    This should disable DNS publishing.
  • Next, to re-enable DNS publishing you should set the value of this Key to 0 and your error should be fixed.

Option 3: Sync system date and time

A very silly but probable reason for the Office 2016 activation client error is the difference in the date and time between your client system and the server. In case of more than 4 hours of difference, error 0xC004F074 may occur. However, it has been detected that the synchronization between the client computer and the system KMS host can fix the issue. To do that, we recommend you use Network Time Protocol (NTP) as a time source. Another option to synchronize time between the client and the server on the network is to configure Active Directory Service.

We hope that the suggested solutions will help you deal with the above error. In case that you find some other solution that works, please, feel free to share it with us in the comments below. 

Netflix on Linux – Chrome/Firefox Guide

In this guide you’ll find everything you need to watch Netflix on Linux. We’ve provided Chrome and Firefox instruction, as well as a Pipeline alternative.

If you are not a Windows user and you want to watch Netflix on Linux, you’ve probably found out that you’ll need assistance to set up Netflix on your machine. There are quite a few different methods for how you can do that, but so far their effectiveness has been varying. In the following article we will attempt to provide you with and explain to you the most common ones, so that you can choose the best way to watch Netflix on Linux. Naturally, the easiest way is to use a browser add-on. Both Chrome and Firefox have one readily available.

How to watch Netflix on Linux

The Guide

Netflix on Linux using Chrome

Currently Chrome seems to be the browser that is best suited to support Netflix on Linux since it provides a native method to stream Netflix. However, sometimes users seem to have privacy issues with it. Also, as of March, 2016 the 32-bit x86 version of Chrome is no longer supported. Thus, Chrome might not be the best option for some Linux users. If you are fine with using Chrome and have no privacy issues, then it still provides an easy way to watch Netflix on your Linux device. It is simple – all you have to do is just open your Chrome browser and go to the Netflix site. That’s all there is to it. In addition, you have the option to get Netflix as a desktop app with the help of Chrome’s Web-App tool.

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Netflix on Linux using Firefox

If you cannot or do not want to use Chrome for the reasons we mentioned or any other reason, you can try with Firefox instead. Here you will need the help of an add-on that you’ll have to install on the browser in order to get the native Netflix support for Firefox. However, before you do that, you need to make sure that your version of Firefox is 49 or above. In order to check that, here is what you need to do:

  1. Open your browser and go to Help.
  2. Select About. There, make sure that your version is at least 49.
  3. If the version is below 49, there should be an Update button. Click on that and wait for the update to finish before you proceed.

Once you’ve ensured that your Firefox browser is the correct version, it’s time to get the User Agent Overrider extension in order to enable the native Netflix support.

  1. Open your browser and go to its main menu (top-right corner).
  2. Select the Add-ons icon.
  3. In the search field, type User Agent Overrider and look through the search results.
    • Make sure to find the add-on that has the exact same name as you’ve typed in the search field. There might be several similarly-named extensions that you don’t need.
  1. Once you find it, install the User Agent Overrider add-on.
  2. Go back to your Add-ons manager in the Firefox main menu.
  3. Next to the User Agent Overrider extension, select Preferences.
  4. In the User-Agent entries area delete everything.4
  5. Now copy the following line and paste it there: Linux / Chrome 53: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/535.11 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/53.0.2785.34 Safari/537.36
  6. Next, look for a User Agent Overrider icon at the top of your screen, somewhere next to the Firefox search bar. Click on that icon and in the resulting menu select Linux / Chrome 53.

  All that is left for you to do now is to go to the Netflix website, sign in and have a good time.

  • Note: It is possible that you’d see above the sign-in button a notification that requires you to install DRM updates. Click on it and install them, before you sign in with your account.

Netflix on Linux using Pipelight

This is an older method that you should probably not have the need to resort to. However, if for whatever reason the previous two suggestions did not do it for you, you can still give this one a try.

  1. Get Pipelight online.
  2. Open your Linux Terminal and use one of the following sets of commands depending on the system you’re using.                     3
    •  Ubuntu: Copy-paste and execute sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipelight/stable and sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install pipelight-multi in that order.
    •  Fedora: Use the command sudo yum install cabextract && sudo rpm -i http://sourceforge.net/projects/mscorefonts2/files/rpms/msttcore-fonts-installer-2.6-1.noarch.rpm and then sudo wget http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/DarkPlayer:/Pipelight/Fedora_19/home:DarkPlayer:Pipelight.repo -O /etc/yum.repos.d/pipelight.repo && sudo yum install pipelight
  3. Once you’ve installed Pipelight, use the command sudo pipelight-plugin –enable silverlight to be able to stream Netflix on your Linux device.

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How to Stop Windows 10 From Updating

This article will teach you how to stop Windows 10 from updating. The instructions will work both for Windows 7, as well as for Windows 8 and 8.1.

How to stop Windows 10 from updating

In order to make it easier for users to upgrade their current version of Windows OS to Windows 10, Microsoft has made it possible to download the latest OS from the internet. This makes upgrading to Windows 10 that much easier and faster. However, not everyone wants to switch to the newer OS and Microsoft’s effort to shove windows 10 down your throat could be considered extremely annoying by many. If you are such a an user it may be frustrating when you start receiving pop-up messages every now and then, that tell you the update is ready to be installed. This is why we created this guide – to stop Windows 10 from updating, at least until you decide the time is right. In fact, often your current OS might go as far as to automatically download the files necessary for the upgrade. The problem with that is those files take some space on the hard drive and may also cost you money if your internet bandwidth is limited. All in all, for people who are not looking forward to switching to Win 10, those upgrade incentives may be a little too annoying. Note that the upgrade doesn’t automatically install itself. Your Win 7, 8 or 8.1 won’t switch to 10 without your permission. It’s just the necessary files for the upgrade, that are getting downloaded onto your hard-drive. In our article, we will show you several different ways to deal with that minor issue.

How to stop WIndows 10 from updating – by using a specialized tool

 In our case, we’ve been using GWX Control Panel – a neat, trusty utility that is specifically designed to deal with the automatic downloading of Win 10 upgrade files. It’s easy to obtain and operate. Just download (it’s a free software) and open it.

 

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Once you have done so, all you need to do is click on Click to Delete Windows 10 Download Folders and on Click to Delete Windows 10 Programs. In my case these are grayed-out, since I don’t have any Win 10 files/folder on my PC.                          

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 If you want to prevent any future downloads of Windows 10 upgrade files, you can also use the buttons Click to Prevent ‘Get Windows 10’ App and Click to prevent Windows 10 Upgrades in GWX Control Panel.            

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  In most cases, this program should be able to fix any problems concerning unwanted downloads of Win 10 files. If, for whatever reason, you don’t want to or cannot download the utility tool, there are other ways for dealing with the unwanted update downloads.

How to stop WIndows 10 from updating – using a specific Microsoft patch

This method works for Win 7 and 8.1 but not for 8, so keep that in mind. Besides, it is not 100% certain that installing the patch will stop any Win 10 upgrade files downloading onto your PC. Theoretically, this is what it does, but we cannot guarantee it. 

Firstly, you’ll need to download the specific patch (R2: July 2015) for your specific version of Windows from the Microsoft website. Then you must install it, following the instructions from the developer’s site.

Secondly, open your Registry Editor by using the Winkey + R combination. Then type regedit in the search box and hit Enter.  

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 In the Registry Editor go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate.        

You may need to create the WindowsUpdate Key. This is done by right-clicking on the Windows folder and then choosing Key from the menu New. Name that new key WindowsUpdate.    

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 After that, click on it and create a new 32-bit DWORD named DisableOSUpgrade, giving it value of 1.

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How to stop WIndows 10 from updating – disabling automatic updates

This is easier to do compared to our previous suggestion, but remember that it is not advisable to disable your automatic updates, since this may leave your PC vulnerable to online threats. The reason for that is Windows will not only stop downloading any Win 10 upgrade files, but will also cease to look for Win 7 updates, which are essential for your system’s security. Do this, only if you are going to constantly manually check for new updates, that your system may need. In order to disable your automatic updates, you will have to go to your Control Panel.

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Open System and Security and click on Turn automatic updating on or off.

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From there, you can adjust the updating settings to your liking. We recommend to go for Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them.

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That way you will still be notified about the latest updates, but will be able to choose which of them you really need.

And there you have it, three different ways to prevent your OS from downloading any upgrade files for Windows 10. Did we help you solve your problem? Do you have any remarks to make concerning our article? If so, feel free to share in our comment section below.

HP Error 49.4c02 Fix

This guide will help you fix the common HP Error 49.4c02. The HP Error 49.4c02 most commonly occurs with p3015 and 4250 printers.

The HP Error 49.4c02 fix

A common issue among HP printers is the occurrence of the 49.4c02 error. This error may have several different causes. HP Error 49.4c02 usually occurs when the user attempts to print a PDF file. Sometimes this may happen only once and go away after a restart of the printer. Unfortunately, that’s often not the case – the error may turn out to be a permanent annoyance that needs to be fixed in one way or another. Usually, the main reason for the issue is miscommunication between the computer and the printer. Often a print task is that cannot be completed is stuck in the printer’s queue and that is what’s giving the error. As we already said, the causes for this may vary, thus requiring different fixes. In this article we will give you several possible ways to resolve the nagging problem and hopefully one of them will do the job for you.

Before we get to the actual fix, we advise you to first turning the printer off and unplugging it (both the power and the network cables). Now cancel the print job that’s stuck and try starting your printer back again. If the printer is connected to a network, it might be a bit more difficult to trace down which computer has issued the print job that got stuck. Regardless, you’ll need to find it and cancel the problematic task. Once you do that, see if the printer is giving the error 49.4c02 again and if the problem persists, go ahead and try our suggestions on how to fix it.

Fix 1: Upgrading your printer’s firmware

The firmware of your printer is similar to the OS of your computer – it being out of date could be one of the reasons for the miscommunication between the printer and the system that is issuing the print tasks .

Stage 1

Before you update your printer’s firmware, you’ll need to first return it to its Ready State so that there aren’t any tasks in its queue that may be what’s causing the error’s reappearance.

  1. To do that, you’ll need to access your PC’s Control Panel and go to Devices and Printers (Under Hardware and Sound on Windows 7).  1-12-1
  2. When you get there, right-click on your printing device and select See what’s Printing.3-1
  3. Now, right-click in the window that has opened and choose Cancel All documents.

If your printer is connected to a network, instead of looking for the computer that has issued the stuck print job, you can simply disconnect your printer from the network.

Stage 2

After you’re done with stage 1, restart your printer, without plugging back the network cable. Once you do that, you can move on to the actual Firmware upgrade.

  1. First thing you need to do here is check what’s the Firmware version of your printer. In order to do that, you’ll need to use your printer’s interface to print a Configuration Page. In your printer’s interface navigate to Administration/Navigation/Configuration (depends on the model you’re using). There, you should be able to print a Configuration Page so as to see what’s your Firmware’s version.
  2. After you’ve done this, go to HP’s official drivers support site. In there, enter your printer’s version and then select your operating system’s version.
  3. In the displayed results, go to the Firmware section. If the latest version is newer than that of your current firmware, download the latest update and install it following the prompts. If you need extra instructions concerning the installation, there is a guide for most of HP’s firmware updates.

Hopefully, upgrading your printer’s firmware should prove to be enough to resolve the annoying 49.4c02 error.

Fix 2: Update your drivers

Another possible way to get rid of the nagging issue is to update your drivers to PCL6 – a scripting language that is known to resolve the HP 49.4c02 error.

  1. To download the said driver update, you’ll have to once again go to HP’s official site and enter your device’s model name.
  2. In the next page, expand the driver section and download the latest driver for your printer. Open the installation file you’ve just downloaded and install it following the prompts.
  3. After the process has finished, you may need to restart your PC and printer. Now, you can try and see if the error has been fixed

Fix 3: Printing PDF files as an image

Often the cause for the error might be in the PDF files themselves, since sometimes those tend to contain fonts that may be too sophisticated for your printing device. This could easily be the reason why a certain print task got stuck in your printer’s queue. Therefore, if nothing else has worked so far, you can try and print PDF files as images. This will no require of your printer to recognize the sophisticated fonts and will enable you to freely print those files.

  1. To do that, clear your printer’s queue and restart the device.
  2. Now, open the PDF file you would want to print and in the window with printing options go for the advanced settings button. In there, check the box next to Print as Image and press OK.
  3. After this, you can once again try to print the file, hopefully, without the error occurring this time.

The site ahead contains malware fix

The site ahead contains malware

It is highly likely that you’ve seen this warning message at least a couple of times while browsing the internet. It should be noted that in most cases it is there for a good reason. Usually, if you see The site ahead contains malware it probably means exactly that – on the other side of the warning message awaits you a potentially harmful site. It should be noted, however, that Google labels even the slightest security hazards as potential malware viruses. Therefore, the site you’re trying to visit might simply contain intrusive ads or might install an adware on your PC (both of which are relatively harmless) and still be treated like a threat from Google. That is all done for security purposes – every piece of software that may do something unwanted to your machine should be approached with care and thus “The site ahead contains malware” warning should be heeded. Besides, the warning is just there to inform you for the possible hazards that lay ahead – it does not stop you from visiting the actual site. It is also possible (and quite easy) to prevent such warning messages from appearing ever again. Here, we will show you how to do that using Google Chrome. However, note that we do not recommend doing that. As we already said – Google hangs out The site ahead contains malware warnings for a reason and should always be taken into account.

The site ahead contains malware message removal/fix

Firstly, open your Google Chrome browser and click on Customize and Control Google Chrome (the icon with three lines in top-right corner of your screen). From the drop-down menu choose Settings.

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In the resulting window scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Advanced Settings.

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Keep scrolling downwards until you reach a setting labeled Protect you and your device from dangerous site. This setting might also go under different names like Enable phishing and malware protection depending on your version of Chrome. Whatever the case, uncheck the box next to the setting and close the window.

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This should be enough to stop those warning messages. Still, keep in mind that doing this is inadvisable and might compromise your online security. Do it only if you have a very good reason to want those warnings removed. Else, you’d better keep that setting enabled.

How to get rid of “The site ahead contains malware” warning from your own website

It is one thing if you see that message on a random site throughout the web, but a whole other thing if you have it added to your own website. First of all, whatever the reason for the warning being displayed, there’s surely something within your site that is not as it should be. It could be a minor problem such as a poorly programmed plug-in or one that doubles as an adware. However, it might also be that your site has been hacked. Whatever the case, you should undoubtedly find a way to fix that problem. That is also where the nasty part begins. Often it is hard to know what exactly is causing google to treat your site as a potential malware distributor. The possibilities are numerous. Still, there are several commonly encountered causes for those warning messages.

  • The first and probably most common reason are ads on your site, that are in google’s list of potentially harmful. Therefore, if you ever consider making a deal with a third-party company that will pay you to display their ads on your website, first you may want to make a quick research. Having such potentially harmful ads over your website usually poses no threat to your online security. However, every user that attempts to visit your site will have the warning message displayed to them. This will surely greatly reduce the visitors to your site. That is why if the reason for such a message comes from the ads that are being displayed in your site, you might want to reconsider keeping them there.
  • Unfortunately, there are other possible reasons for your site to be considered potentially harmful, which are much harder to deal with. One of the worst scenarios is if your site has been hacked. This can happen in a number of ways. If your host has been infected by a malware, this could as well be the reason for the issue. Furthermore, if you are not hosting your own site, there’s basically nothing you can do about fixing the issue, since it does not come from you. If that’s the case, the only action that you can undertake is inform your host about the problem and hope that they’ll be able to deal with the issue.

Dealing with a hacker attack

A possible reason for the security problem of your site is a potential hacker attack. When dealing with a hacker, that has compromised your site’s security, there are several basics steps that you should do in order to prevent them from further messing with your stuff. Firstly, you’ll surely need to properly clean up your site. Note that even if you’ve found and deleted the plug-in/file/app that is causing the issue, this is probably not going to be enough. That is because in most cases hackers have a backdoor file, that allows them to restore their access into your site. In fact, finding and deleting the backdoor is the first thing that you should do. If you avoid this step, all other effort will be in vain, since the intruder will always be able to come back unless you’ve deleted their backdoor.

Finding the file in question is not an easy task. Hackers are very good at concealing their backdoor files. Therefore, you will need to spend quite some time meticulously searching for it. Here, we can only give you some general information where the most usual locations for a backdoor are. However, note that there’s no guarantee you’ll find the backdoor there.

  • Old themes – a usual spot for a backdoor since old themes hardly ever get updated. Therefore the file won’t get removed after an update to a new version of an old theme, that you no longer use.
  • Plug-ins – another very common place for hiding a backdoor. There are many reasons for that: users rarely look at their plug-is or upgrade them, many plug-ins are poorly coded, etc. That is why you should avoid getting any low-quality ones and make sure to upgrade those that you have regularly.
  • Uploads Directory – if a hacker has access to your site, he can easily upload a backdoor into your uploads directory. This is a very effective method especially with big sites that have hundreds of files uploaded daily. This makes it virtually impossible to keep track of every new file that gets on the site – a perfect opportunity or a hacker to upload a backdoor file. Also, even if you start looking there, it will probably take you very big amounts of time to locate the problematic file. A good idea would be to invest in a monitoring plug-in to do the job for you – this will both save you time and effort.
  • wp-config.php – another very common place for hiding a backdoor. Always make sure to check for one there. Note that sometimes hackers might leave more than one back-ups, so even if you’ve already found and removed one, you might want to keep looking, just in case.
  • wp-includes – people hardly ever look in that folder. However, this is yet another pretty common place for a backdoor.

 An important note to make here is that even if you know where to look t might be hard to singe out the exact file that is serving as a back-up for the hacker. That’s because the intruders always try to conceal the file so that it looks like a regular WordPress one. Usually the name’s gonna be similar to the name of a legit WordPress file. That is why you should be extra vigilant. Therefore, if you see two files with similar names, it is highly likely that one of them is not supposed to be there. Try to get info on that specific filename so as to see which of the two is the legit one and which is there to make your life miserable.

Removing the “The site ahead contains malware” message from your site

After you’re sure that you’ve removed the backdoor and thoroughly cleaned everything, you’ll still need to have the warning message taken down from your site. Here’s how this is done:

  • Firstly, you’ll have to access Google’s Webmaster tool. Note that your site needs to have been added to the webmaster tool. If you haven’t done it, go ahead and do that first, bfore proceeding with the next step.
  • Secondly, go to the security issues section of webmaster tool – there you’ll see any security hazards that Google has found on your site. If you’re sure that you’ve dealt with the issues, click on the checkbox to request a review of your site. If everything’s been fixed, the warning message should no longer be displayed after an attempt to enter your site.

 These were some general tips and info on how to deal with the The site ahead contains malware warning message and what might be causing it. Know that these are just the basics for that issue. Lastly, keep in mind that when you are managing a website, it’s always that much easier to keep it safe and secure, than it is having to deal with any sort of security hazards afterwards. If you have any questions or feedback for us, make sure to leave us a comment down below. Thank you for reading!

Your pc ran into a problem and needs to restart Windows 10 – Fix Guide (December 2016 Update)

This guide will have you deal with “Your pc ran into a problem and needs to restart” error, also known as the BSoD. It works for Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

When faced with a certain error or fault on your computer, it is always fairly unpleasant and often startling. But one particular error beats them all and it’s the notorious “Your pc ran into a problem and needs to restart” or BSoD. There you are, minding your own business, when all of a sudden everything on your screen disappears, interrupting whatever it was you were doing, and you’re staring at a blue screen with lots of white numbers and letters. In newer versions of Windows you’ll be seeing a sad smiley face and the words “Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart”. And then it all goes dark. Please note that these errors generally occur on their own – WIndows 10 (or for that matter Windows 8.1 and Windows 7) is not to blame. But… never say never!

This must have happened at least once to pretty much everyone, so most users out there are familiar with this issue, but not everyone knows what causes this problem and how to deal with it. Well, the truth is that the reasons for the BSOD to appear are numerous and complex, but we have designed this article to cover all the possible major causes to the best of our ability. In addition to this we have included a guide below with very easy to follow steps that will help you determine what exactly triggered the Blue Screen of Death and work from there to find a solution.

  • IMPORTANT! Any computer can hiccup from time to time. If you have seen random errors from time to time, then you probably have nothing to worry about. If you start having a lot of errors (more then one per week), then you may have a reason to worry.

Main causes for “Your pc ran into a problem and needs to restart” error

  • Conflicting drivers. It’s possible that certain drivers may not be compatible with one another, when for example downloading new ones. In other cases, it might happen that a specific program is actually preventing given drivers from functioning as they should, and this leads to the entire operating system being taken down. It could also be that new hardware that was introduced to your system is conflicting with some drivers and is therefore causing crashes and serious dysfunctions.
  • Faulty hardware. This is one of the most common reasons for your screen to turn blue and your computer to crash. It may be a result of certain hardware not being installed properly, or perhaps if this is an external component that is being plugged in – it may be just that the slot is dusty and that is the root of all evil or it could be worse. It could also happen that the respective hardware simply wasn’t plugged in correctly or wasn’t plugged in entirely; this too could have caused the problem. Another possibility for you to be receiving this explanation for your system’s crash could be a faulty component in the new hardware. An easy way to determine whether your hardware is to blame for the BSoD is if you can directly see the correlation between the blue screen and the installation of new hardware. For example, you recently acquired a new webcam and as of then have frequently been encountering this problem. It’s easy to tie the two together and start digging there.
  • Overheating. This should hardly come as a surprise, but in case you didn’t know – systematic overheating of your computer or any one of its components is bad for it. When this occurs often, your computer will crash sort of as a self-defense mechanism, to prevent reaching the temperature point of no return. If you have noticed that your computer is prone to overheat for whatever reason, we recommend downloading a temperature monitoring program (for example HWMonitor). Most are free programs, quite widespread and popular with users all over the world, and will help you monitor the temperature of your PC, while you’re working.
  • Registry error. Registry errors may occur due to corrupted device drivers or corruption in the registry itself due to some recent software changes (installing or uninstalling a given program). A number of other instances of corruption could be the root of the issue, as well, like RAM corruption, system files corruption as the result of virus infections. A damaged hard disk can also be the cause of a registry error.

As you can see, the reasons and causes for Blue Screen Of Death are extremely varying and you can’t come up with just one solution that will generally fix the whole problem. Apart from shutting your system down and trying to ‘calm’ you because of it (blue has statistically been shown to have a relaxing effect on people), the BSOD is also there to inform you about what exactly is going on. Unfortunately you don’t have much time while the error is up, but you really need to write down the specific error displayed on your screen. Below are some simple instructions that will help you break down what is being shown to you and thus help you figure out what measures you need to take, in order to solve the issue.

Your pc ran into a problem and needs to restart Windows 10 – the Guide:

  1. First thing’s first, so in order for you to be able to extract comprehensible information for yourself via the Blue Screen, you will need a program to aid you in this. Download the free software called BlueScreenView. It is also available in several languages, so you will have the possibility of viewing it in the language of your choice.
  2. The way it operates is by reading the MiniDump files, which are created by the BSOD itself, before it shuts down your system. Unless your system already does this automatically, you will have to first configure it, so that it saves these MiniDump files during crashes. (Control Panel -> System and Security -> System -> Advanced System Settings -> Advanced -> Setup (under Startup and Recovery). Choose Small memory dump from the drop-down menu under Write debugging information.)
  3. As there is no installation process for BlueScreenView, simply run the executable (.exe) and it will automatically scan your MiniDump folder and display all the crash details in the crashes information columns. That way you will be able to tell where exactly the cause lies and you will be able to act on it accordingly.

Please note that Blue Screen View will not immediately tell you what is wrong with your machine, but it will provide you with the proper code for the error, so you can do your own searcg. The “Your pc ran into a problem and needs to restart Windows 10” error message just informs you that something went wrong. Locating the proper number of the error is essential in order to address the problem correctly. Below you’ll find the list of commonly occurring BSOD errors. Check if your own error mistake is one of them:

Driver_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

Bad Pool Header

0x0000050

Please let us know in the comment section below if this was helpful to you and help resolve your issue!

How to stop Windows 10 from downloading automatically

How to stop Windows 10 from downloading automatically

In order to make it easier for users to upgrade their current version of Windows OS to Windows 10, Microsoft has made it possible to automatically download Windows automatically. This makes upgrading to Windows 10 that much easier and faster. However, not everyone wants to switch to the newer OS and Microsoft’s effort to shove windows 10 down your throat could be considered extremely annoying by many. If you are such a an user it may be frustrating when you start receiving pop-up messages every now and then, that tell you the update is ready to be installed. In fact, often your current OS might go as far as to automatically download the files necessary for the upgrade. The problem with that is those files take some space on the hard drive and may also cost you money if your internet bandwidth is limited. All in all, for people who are not looking forward to switching to Win 10 finding a way to stop windows 10 from automatically downloading is a must. Considering that Windows is capable of updating to 10 without your permission it is very important to prevent the files required for the update to end up in your HDD. Lets see how to do that.

How to stop Windows 10 from downloading automatically by using a specialized tool

 In our case, we’ve been using GWX Control Panel – a neat, trusty utility that is specifically designed to deal with the automatic downloading of Win 10 upgrade files. It’s easy to obtain and operate. Just download (it’s a free software) and open it.

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 Once you have done so, all you need to do is click on Click to Delete Windows 10 Download Folders and on Click to Delete Windows 10 Programs. In my case these are grayed-out, since I don’t have any Win 10 files/folder on my PC.                          

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 If you want to prevent any future downloads of Windows 10 upgrade files, you can also use the buttons Click to Prevent ‘Get Windows 10’ App and Click to prevent Windows 10 Upgrades in GWX Control Panel.            

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  In most cases, this program should be able to fix any problems concerning unwanted downloads of Win 10 files. If, for whatever reason, you don’t want to or cannot download the utility tool, there are other ways for dealing with the unwanted update downloads.

How to stop Windows 10 from downloading automatically by using a specific Microsoft patch

This method works for Win 7 and 8.1 but not for 8, so keep that in mind. Besides, it is not 100% certain that installing the patch will stop any Win 10 upgrade files downloading onto your PC. Theoretically, this is what it does, but we cannot guarantee it. 

Firstly, you’ll need to download the specific patch (R2: July 2015) for your specific version of Windows from the Microsoft website. Then you must install it, following the instructions from the developer’s site.

Secondly, open your Registry Editor by using the Winkey + R combination. Then type regedit in the search box and hit Enter.  

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 In the Registry Editor go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate.        

You may need to create the WindowsUpdate Key. This is done by right-clicking on the Windows folder and then choosing Key from the menu New. Name that new key WindowsUpdate.    

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 After that, click on it and create a new 32-bit DWORD named DisableOSUpgrade, giving it value of 1.

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How to stop Windows 10 from downloading automatically by disabling automatic updates

This is easier to do compared to our previous suggestion, but remember that it is not advisable to disable your automatic updates, since this may leave your PC vulnerable to online threats. The reason for that is Windows will not only stop downloading any Win 10 upgrade files, but will also cease to look for Win 7 updates, which are essential for your system’s security. Do this, only if you are going to constantly manually check for new updates, that your system may need. In order to disable your automatic updates, you will have to go to your Control Panel.

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Open System and Security and click on Turn automatic updating on or off.

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From there, you can adjust the updating settings to your liking. We recommend to go for Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them.

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That way you will still be notified about the latest updates, but will be able to choose which of them you really need.

And there you have it, three different ways to prevent your OS from downloading any upgrade files for Windows 10. Did we help you solve your problem? Do you have any remarks to make concerning our article? If so, feel free to share in our comment section below.

 

The disk is write protected – error fix

Unable to write – the disk is write protected error (HDD, USB, SD card)

Sometimes, when trying to format a one of your local disks, a USB storage device or a SD card, you may face a certain error message that reads either Unable to complete format or The disk is write protected. This means that the formatting process cannot be finished until the error is resolved. Sometimes this may even render your storage device unusable due to the unfinished formatting process.

There are several possible reasons why this may be happening. Some of them include:

  • You don’t have the Administrator privileges to change/delete/modify any of the files on the storage device, let alone, format it.
  • The file system is in a format that Window cannot recognize (for instance – RAW format)
  • The file system on the storage device is corrupted.
  • The device/drive has sustained physical damage.

In this article, we will give you several possible solutions that you can try so as to resolve the annoying error. Most of the already mentioned possible causes for the disk is write protected error can be fixed. However, if your device has been physically damaged, there’s usually nothing that you can do.

Solution 1: Fix the disk is write protected error by flipping the switch on your Flash memory/SD card adapter.

If you have problem formatting a flash memory device or an SD card due to write protection, it might be that you haven’t switched that protection off. Therefore, take a look at your flash memory and see if there’s a button on it. If there’s one, make sure that it is turned off. In case you’re using a SD card, there should be a little switch on the card’s adapter that, too, needs to be turned off so as to disable the Write Protection. After you do that, try formatting your storage device once again. If this didn’t work, go ahead and try our next suggestions.

Solution 2: Fix the disk is write protected error by disabling Write Protection in Registry

This is yet another possible way to fix the issue, this time using the Registry Editor on your computer. To access the editor, press Winkey + R and in the search field write regedit. Hit Enter and the Registry Editor will open for you.

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First thing you need to do here is make a back-up of your registry in case something does not go as planned. To do that, click on File and select Export. Choose a where you want to save the registry back-up and give the file a name. Also, make sure that the Export Range is set to All. After having done that, click on Save.

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Now, onto the actual fix: In the Registry Editor navigate the following path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies

  • If you don’t have a folder StorageDevicePolicies, create one by right-clicking on the Control folder and selecting Key from the submenu labeled New. Name the new key StorageDevicePolicies.

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Now, double-click on the WriteProtect value from the right panel of the StorageDevicePolicies folder.

  • If you don’t have that value, create it by right-clicking on the empty space in the right panel and selecting New > DWORD (32-bit) value. Name the it WriteProtect.

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Once you open the WriteProtect value, type 0 under Value Data and click on OK to turn off the write protection. If you ever want to turn it back on, change the Value Data to 1.

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Now close the Registry Editor and restart your PC. You can now try formatting the storage device and hopefully the error will appear no more.

Solution 3: Fix the disk is write protected error by repairing corrupted or RAW file system using the Command Prompt

Our third suggestion is to use the Command Prompt to access the Diskpart tool.

To open the command prompt go to your start menu and in the search field type cmd. Right-click on the first search result and select Run as Administrator.

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Now, in the resulting window type the command diskpart and hit Enter.

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  • If you receive the following message, then the storage device has probably been physically damaged: DiskPart has encountered an error: The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error. See the System Event Log for more information.

Next thing you need to do is type another command: list disk. After you hit Enter, a list of your local disks will be displayed. It should be easy for you to find out what’s the number of the problematic disk by looking at their storage capacity.

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After you figure it out, type in yet another command: *select disk {disk number}

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Now, to clear any corrupted or RAW attributes use this command in the command prompt: attributes disk clear readonly.

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Next thing you need to do is consequently type in the following commands, pressing Enter after each one: clean; *create partition primary

  • If you happen to be displayed the following message: No usable free extention could be found. It may be that there is insufficient free space to create a partition at the specified size and offset. Specify different size and offset values or don’t specify either to create the maximum sized partition. It may be that the disk is partitioned using the MBR disk partitioning format and the disk contains either 4 primary partitions, (no more partitions may be created), or 3 primary partitions and one extended partition, (only logical drives may be created) – then try any of the following methods to fix that.
  1. Use the commands select partition 1 and active one after the other
  2. Use the command clean all (takes time to complete) and them type in create partition primary.

Lastly, format the disk by in Fat32 by using the following command: *format fs=fat32

After you’ve done it all, restart your computer and try formatting your storage device in a format of your choice. If all goes well, you shouldn’t be getting this nagging error ever again.

 

The Audio Service Is Not Running – Fix Inside

The solution to the non-working/ windows audio service is not enabled

There has been one common technical issue that has been lately bothering many Windows OS users. It is about the following – the audio service is not running. The Sound icon on the Taskbar that controls the speakers and shows a small volume slider stops functioning and gets a red X in the bottom-right corner. Also, if you place the pointer of your mouse over the same icon you will get the actual error “The Audio Service is disabled”

Running the troubleshooter will usually not be enough to fix the audio service is not running problem. Lets see some possible reasons behind it.
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Most commonly, this type of an issue affects the Windows 7 and Windows 10 users, possibly because these are the most widely used versions of windows. There are also recorded cases in which this problem has affected older versions too.

Despite the fact that there appears a red X on the Sound icon, it is still possible for most of the affected users to still play audio files and to use all available speakers and headphones. Even so, the error remains and can become a nuisance.

The most usual suspect of causing such an issue is a function by the same name – Windows Audio Service. The problem may also be caused by any of its subordinate features that ensure the normal running of the Audio Service. Such a feature may just suddenly stop functioning without reason, because of a problem or simply fail to start working when the system is turned on.
A lot of users respond to the issue by just restarting their personal computers. Nevertheless, this is not a permanent solution to the problem and is not very convenient as the the audio service is not running error will reappear after some time. Fortunately, there have been established more concrete methods of dealing with this problem to block the The Audio Service is not running notification from appearing.

The audio service is not running – possible fixes

  • TIP №1: Just try increasing or decreasing the sound volume of your machine.
    Simple as it may sound, that easy method is among the most functional ones. A lot of Windows users have applied it in order to fix their problem and it has indeed worked. If you want to try this way of fixing the issue, you simply have to increase or decrease the PC volume just slightly.

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    You can do that in the following way:
    Left-click on the Sound icon and when the volume slider is displayed. Then just adjust it as you wish by either increasing or decreasing the volume. It is as simple as it sounds.
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    Although this is the most simple solution to the irritating The Audio Service is not running alert, it might not be effective. If that is the case try the other tips below.
  • TIP №2: You can always restart the Windows Audio Service and its subordinate features.
    Again, it may sound rather easy but by doing so and ensuring that all the three features of your machine’s Windows Audio service are adjusted to start working automatically once you turn on your system. In this way you should be able to fix the problem. You can do that in the following way:
    Press the Windows Key and Press R. Type services.msc in the run dialog.
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    What you should then do is to locate and double-click on the three aforementioned services Windows Audio service, Windows Audio Endpoint Builder service and Multimedia Class Scheduler service one by one.
    Then you should adjust their Startup type to Automatic.;
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    2. You are supposed to restart them as well one by one by using the resulting context menus and right-clicking on the three services. Immediately after you have completed that step and restarted those features, there should not appear a red X on the Sound Icon and the “The Audio Service is not running” message should no longer be generated.

Did we help you with the audio service is not running issue? Share your feedback in the comment’s section below!